LoPinto started the Soldiers' Angels Vermont chapter to recruit local "angels" to write letters and prepare care packages filled with cookies, crackers, toiletries and more. However, she expressed frustration by a lack of local media interest.
"Angels isn't a political organization," LoPinto said. "It's a humanitarian organization. These fellow Americans deserve our love and support. They are often at the frontlines of freedom. Some many of us under appreciate our military people. But I believe that there are dedicated business owners and individuals here in Addison County who can make a big difference by helping and getting involved with Soldiers' Angels. I hope to hear from them.
"Our mission is to provide aid and comfort to the military and its families, provide immediate response to hard situations, and make sure no soldier feels unloved. We start with letters, care packages, and comfort items to our deployed. We also help their families here at home as requested," LoPinto said.
Through special projects, dedicated teams and individuals supporting the troops, Soldiers' Angels hopes to make a difference in the lives of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Coast Guarders.
Helping LoPinto in Vermont is Abigail DuBois, of Vergennes, and several members of the American Legion Post in Vergennes.
"We need volunteers locally," LoPinto said, "and we hope the Addison Eagle can help get out the word."
LoPinto referred to the anonymous poem that is posted on the Solders' Angels web site. Reading it, we thought, might change a heart and a mind-
I was with that which others did not want to be,
I went to where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing of those who gave nothing,
and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness that I feel.
I have seen the face of terror, felt the stinging cold of fear,
And enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
I have cried pain and hope,
But most of all I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
At least some day I'll be able to say,
That I was proud what I was, A Soldier."
The Soldiers' Angels web site is a good place to find out more about the group's mission and activities (http://soldiersangels.org). LoPinto also encourages interested readers to call her at 802-324-5194 or e-mail her at email@example.com.